CFO Pauline Sumption retires from municipal service



Sumption’s 23-year civic career

includes years of service at Rapid City & Sturgis;

Departure to become CFO of Dream Design International

RAPID CITY, SD—The city’s chief financial officer, Pauline Sumption, announced her retirement after 15 years of service to the city, concluding a career in city administration over the past 23 years.

Sumption will retire effective September 22 to become Chief Financial Officer of Dream Design International, Inc. of Rapid City.

“After 23 years in city government, it’s time for me to ‘live in discomfort,’ as I call it, so I can grow both personally and professionally,” Sumption said. “It has been a pleasure and I have made lifelong friends through the work I have done here and the time I have spent here.

“Working in municipal government is a way to give back to your community and in my new role I will continue to give back to the community as Dream Design is heavily invested in the growth of the community and region through the development of many projects . .”

A Yankton native and graduate of Northern State University in Aberdeen, Sumption began her municipal career at Sturgis in 1999. She said working in municipal government almost didn’t happen after she applied for the job at the City of Sturgis.

“I got a rejection letter from Mayor (Cliff) Linn and I thought that was it. But then he called about a week later, wanting to reconsider, and then he hired me.

Sumption was hired by Rapid City Mayor Jim Shaw in 2007 as deputy chief financial officer. She became the city’s chief financial officer in 2010, overseeing the department during the city administrations of Alan Hanks, Sam Kooiker and Steve Allender.

Sumption has gone through many changes in his career in city government, particularly in Rapid City. Her department oversees budgets for 12 departments, two more than when she started in 2007. She has witnessed a number of technological advancements and government efficiencies that she says “have ironically reduced the number of face-to-face interactions with the public as they have more options for making payments, making inquiries, etc.”

Mayor Allender shared his appreciation for Sumption’s work.

“Pauline has dedicated her professional life to serving the public, first to the people of Sturgis and for the past 15 years to the people of Rapid City,” Mayor Allender said. “Pauline has overcome the challenges of being the CFO of South Dakota’s second largest city in an impressive manner. She approached her service to our community and its citizens every day with dedication, commitment and the highest degree of professionalism – keeping a critical eye on the finances, budget and general financial well-being of the city. Given her ability and dedication, it’s no surprise that she was recognized this year as South Dakota’s Finance Officer of the Year by the South Dakota Government Finance Officers Association.

“I appreciated his dedication, his advice, his team spirit and commitment and his friendship. I am grateful and thankful for his service and wish him all the best.

In June, Sumption was named State Financial Officer of the Year by the Association of Governmental Financial Officers of South Dakota. She has served as chair of the board of the South Dakota Municipal League, the South Dakota Governmental Finance Officers’ Association, and the regional group of Black Hills Area Finance Officers.

Mayor Allender says the city’s options could include appointing an interim chief financial officer while engaging in a detailed process to fill the chief financial officer position. Anyone interested in the position can visit the City’s website at or contact This email address is protected from spam. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. with questions.

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